|Pheasant Berry (Leycesteria formosa)|
As the days become shorter, it's difficult not to notice the changing colours in the garden at this time of year - even on the dullest day.
It's no wonder that the birds are attracted to the shining Pheasant Berry fruits. The clashing day-glow orange and pink of the Spindle fruits could only occur in nature! Apparently, this Euonyous is so called because spindles were actually made from its wood and the fruits are poisonous enough to to have been used on arrow tips.
Although the leaves of the Witch Hazel are very similar to our native Hazel (Corylus), it is not related at all. Not only do the leaves look spectacular in autumn - much more so than our native Hazels, it's one of the earliest shrubs to flower in spring and the little spider-like yellow flowers are highly fragrant. It was first used by American Indians for skin remedies. It contains hydrosol which is an astringent and is still used today. Winners all round!
|Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Mollis)|
|Spindle (Euonymus europaeus)|
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